What is your seven-o?
Green grow the rushes, oh!
Seven for the seven stars in the sky…
—Green grow the rushes, oh! , English folks counting folks song
Those seven stars (planetes, in the original Greek of Ptolemy) rule the days of the week, once known as a sennight or seven-night. Lunar reckoening followed the moon, and four sennights made a month (monath in Old English). Tools useful to the Wicca often focus on those seven-fold deific archetypes:
Sennight Incenses charged loose powders, all natural
Sennight Elixures magical fluid condensers
Sennight Sacred Oils inspired infused oils
Ptolemy‘s Tetrabiblios documents “prescience by astronomy”—what we call astrology—as it existed approximately 2,000 years ago. In the simplest of explanations, astrology examines the position of the seven “wandering stars” (from which Greek phrase aster planetes we derive our word planets) against the annually rotating night sky of “fixed stars”—those celestial objects visible with the naked eye in a world void of significant light pollution. These “seven stars in the sky” in simple terms, are the distinct seven symbols scattered on a night sky of interlocking networked images equally symbolic—with positions and relationships all interpreted by the human observers.
These seven wandering stars, planets, are the rune-stones scattered across the starscape of the night sky. I like to call it naked-eye astrology, with its seven wandering stars falling hither-thither against the celestial sea of fixed stars. Divination, at its root, is any means that we humans use to connect with conscious universe we inhabit, and how better than to gaze into a sky full of stars? Human eyes find patterns in everything; with practice, those patterns busy our bright eyes sufficiently to enable us also to perceive with our spirits—which is the essence of divination.